Connecting People, Resources & Capital to Help Create 55,000+ Jobs in Southern California.

Octane is future-focused.

Octane is a convening organization of the Southern California technology and medical technology business ecosystem by connecting people, resources and capital. We will help create 55,000+ high-paying technology jobs in Southern California by 2030 through our accelerator LaunchPad SBDC as well as our platform Octane Capital & Growth. In addition, Octane hosts dozens of programs throughout the year and has direct access to capital and partners. We believe that action focused locally has impact globally.

Octane Foundation for Innovation*

The Octane Foundation for Innovation (OFI) was launched as a complement to Octane’s mission of creating 55,000+ high-paying jobs by 2030. The Foundation is targeted to advance equity, diversity, and inclusiveness across all industry sectors alongside Octane’s ambitious mission of growing & strengthening the Southern California innovation ecosystem by creating jobs, scaling startups, and developing businesses. Octane and OFI work with partners to enhance the economic vitality of the region, contribute to a sustainable ecosystem and augment the live/work experience in Orange County.

Octane Foundation for Innovation’s work is achieved through our initiatives, Women Leaders of Octane, Non-Profit Accelerator, and STEAM Fellows. These initiatives cover the spectrum of opportunities for young students, underserved communities, and women.  

*The Octane Foundation for Innovation is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as through public and private agreements. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Octane Foundation for Innovation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax ID# 90-0176361

Since 2010, LaunchPad has helped companies receive $4.3B in fundingThose companies have created 26,316 jobs

Our Team

Our Team is based in sunny Southern California, with our offices in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Bill Carpou
Chief Executive Officer

Janelle Brunette
Chief Operating Officer

Natalie Matsumoto
Director, Marketing

Teresa Madden
Senior Director, Partner Relations

Linda DiMario
Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

Mike Hill
Director, LaunchPad SBDC

David Beck
Vice President, Octane Capital & Growth

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Capital & Growth

Cara Parchment
Senior Signature Event Manager, Aesthetics & Ophthalmology Tech Forum

Zeeshan Subzwari
Managing Director, healthsocal.ai

Cara Davidoff
Managing Director, Next Wave

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

Ivy Zhou
Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist

Cheryl Wood
Senior Signature Event Manager

Andree Jacques
Director, Operations

Yuewen Chun
Sales Operations Analyst

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Ted Wilm
Managing Director, Capital Markets & Strategies

Shaun Sanders
Senior Associate Director, LaunchPad SBDC

Laura Beken
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
Senior Advisor, Octane

David Friedman
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tom Mattoon
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kevin Nicusanti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kip Knight
Chair, Octane Marketing Leaders Peer Group

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

RJ Teno
Senior Advisor, Octane

Joseph Wyno
Senior Advisor, Octane

Lori-Ann Christie, PhD
Principal, Visionary Venture Fund

Earl Slee
Chair, Octane Mavericks Peer Group

Jeffry Weinhuff
Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Garrett Hamontree
Principal, Visionary Venture Fund

Scott Kitcher
General Partner, Elevation Ventures

Neal Rickner
Managing Partner, Elevation Ventures

Alex Shoer
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

Rachel Payne
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

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April 2022

How to Go from Good to Great as a Marketing Leader

April 29, 2022 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Join Kip Knight, Marketing expert, Founder of CMO Coaches, and the Chair of Octane's Marketing Leaders Peer Group, as he shares insight and guidance to grow as a leader by reflecting on your career journey and lessons learned.  Experience is the best teacher and Kip brings a wealth of knowledge on how to take the time to reflect on your experience and grow from it, knowing that you're not going to get there by yourself! Register here

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May 2022

Leadership Ignite Series: David Moatazedi, President & CEO of Evolus

May 17, 2022 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Register Here>> Octane will host a series of six small sessions featuring prominent leaders in Orange County. Each session will allow you to hear about the leader and ask them questions in an intimate digital or in-person session (when applicable). Join us for this exciting opportunity. All sessions have limited capacity. David will speak on the topic "Company Culture"

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Handling Workplace Complaints in the Return to Work Era with K&L Gates

May 20, 2022 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Today >> As the pandemic recedes and employees return to work, it is critical that employers are prepared to properly intake, investigate, and respond to employee complaints, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, COVID-19 and other workplace safety issues, and disability accommodation.  This seminar will address the risks associated with such claims and provide practical guidance for employers in associating this complex area of employment law.  Issues to be addressed will include: The scope of protected activity, and the…

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June 2022

Octane / SOPE Webinar: Success with Physician Entrepreneurship

June 2, 2022 @ 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Register Today> Success with Physician Entrepreneurship Have an innovative idea that will help improve patient care? Do you want to learn more about how to get this idea to your patient? This webinar will provide the framework to empower physicians and other professionals to innovate healthcare through entrepreneurship. Focusing on the five critical areas of physician centered entrepreneurship, industry strategic experts will review the imperative aspects of Intellectual Property, Product Development and Business Model, Payments and Reimbursements,  Regulatory Affairs, and Funding Your Idea. Arlen Myers, MD, MBA,…

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healthsocal.ai Virtual Launch

June 21, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Register Here>> healthsocal.ai: Artificial intelligence initiative to foster precision medicine for one, population health for all. Our strategy is to build an innovation hub for AI and healthcare that will focus on creating more companies through our LaunchPad Accelerator, assure the equitable distribution of healthcare, and focus on both population health and precision medicine solutions to provide improved patient outcomes. You’re invited to a virtual launch of healthsocal.ai on June 21st from 12- 1pm PST. Be the first to hear us discuss…

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July 2022

Healthsocal.ai Official Launch Event

July 13, 2022 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Flight Tustin, 1715 Flight Wy
Tustin, 92606 United States
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Come join our fireside chat panel on Mental Health and AI, which will include business, technology, and community leaders discussing how to solve for mental health issues in underserved and underrepresented SoCal communities via Artificial Intelligence. Be the first to hear about our point of view on AI in mental health along with various areas of engagement for collective impact. Join for our first in-person launch of healthsocal.ai on July 13th, which will include a fireside chat panel followed by…

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Women Leaders of Octane – July Quarterly Meeting

July 20, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 20 from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Mina Sooch, CEO, President, and Founder of Ocuphire Pharma and Vice-Chair of the Board. In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports: Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards…

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WLO Convene

July 28, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Each quarter, one or more of our Women Leaders of Octane will plan a date and location for women to gather (not sponsored) for a casual cocktail hour at a local area bar/restaurant patio. Join these WLO Convene events to expand your network as we work to increase the ranks of women entrepreneurs and business leaders, help facilitate access to funding, and influence more women on boards. Thursday, July 28 5:00 pm, Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA. Register…

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August 2022

Summer Social 2022

August 10, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Edwards Lifesciences, 1 Edwards Way Irvine
Irvine, California 92614 United States
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​​2022 is a big year for Octane as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We are so grateful for everyone who supports our business as members, partners and advocates. We hope you come and enjoy an evening of appetizers, drinks, guided tours of Edwards Lifesciences and mingle with Octane Board of Directors, Leadership Teams and other luminaries who have contributed to our success over the last 20 years. Wednesday, August 10, at Edwards Lifesciences Headquarters in Irvine, CA 5:00PM - 7:00PM…

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Leadership Ignite Series with Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks

August 18, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$25.00

Leadership Ignite Series 2022 This year, Octane will host a series of six intimate Zoom sessions featuring prominent leaders in Orange County. Each session will allow you to hear about the leader and ask them questions in an intimate digital or in-person session (when applicable). Join us for this exciting opportunity. All sessions have limited capacity. Join us at our upcoming event: August 18th: 10-11AM PST - Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks Topic: Leading Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The…

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